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Met officer's assault conviction overturned

A police dog handler who was found guilty of kicking a 15-year-old boy in the throat has won an appeal against his conviction.

PC Kevin Peel, 44, was found guilty of assaulting the teenager last month in a supermarket car park in Vauxhall, south London.

Scotland Yard said the officer's conviction had been overturned during a hearing at Southwark Crown Court.

PC Peel is still suspended from duties pending a misconduct review.

The teenage victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the court that he had struggled to breathe after the Met Police officer kicked him twice on 17 July last year.

PC Peel was also accused of setting his German Shepherd police dog on the teenager as he tried to stop and search him.

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